Paint means completion for the Baldwin Street bridge

STAIRWAY: This stairway will allow families across Baldwin Street without having to risk the busy road.

STAIRWAY: This stairway will allow families across Baldwin Street without having to risk the busy road.

BIG RAPIDS — Walkways are complete, allowing families to cross under the Baldwin Street bridge instead of attempting to cross a busy road.

With the walkways finished and the lines painted on the road, the bridge is now officially open.

“It’s very exciting, I’ve had many people contact me just to say how happy they are with the bridge, how nice it looks and how nice the ride is through there,” said Mark Gifford, director of the Big Rapids Department of Public Works.

The contractors, city staff and engineers worked hard to get the bridge open on time, Gifford said.

“I know Gypsy Nickel Lounge and the Sawmill Canoe Livery have been very patient and worked really well with us. We appreciate their understanding,” he said.

“It was a nine-month project, but it was a lot of fun,” said DPW Deputy Director Roger Schneidt. “The people who were out here working on this project all enjoyed themselves and all worked well together.”

Workers will remove the barrels and the detour, Schneidt said. Now that the lines are painted for vehicle and bicycle traffic, the gabions and the guardrails are in place and the walkways are finished. The only thing left is the electrical lighting on the bridge.

“This project is something to really be proud of. It’s going to be here a long time, so it’s nice that it really came together the way it did with all the aesthetic components to it,” Schneidt said.

A ribbon cutting for the bridge will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18. It is open to the public.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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